While Democrats spent the year of 2019 obstructing, President Trump spent the year achieving.
Neither an almost $35 million Mueller investigation, ending in an exonerating report, nor a sham impeachment effort could deter Trump from moving forward with the business of the American people.
Indeed, in 2019, America saw landmark trade deals negotiated, historic progress on long-stalled issues like paid family leave, and a robust U.S. economy hugely benefiting low- and middle-income Americans.
In 2019, the president continued to make good on his promise to rip up NAFTA and negotiate and push a new, modern, America First trade deal through the halls of Congress.
For more than a year, Democrats held up the Trump-negotiated U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement. But in an effort to distract from their increasingly unpopular impeachment, Democrats finally permitted a vote on the USMCA, advancing the Trump-negotiated deal that would create almost 200,000 jobs and add $68.2 billion to the economy.
In addition to a Japan trade deal that would bring in $7 billion in new agricultural trade, Trump completed a phase-one China deal. China agreed to an additional $200 billion in U.S. purchases in addition to rectifying much of the unevenness and unfairness that has characterized the U.S.-China relationship for decades.
These landmark breakthroughs on trade come on top of the hottest economy in modern history, which is making gains for all Americans.
Trump has created 7.1 million new jobs, including one million manufacturing and construction jobs, reversing the trend during the Obama years when 200,000 manufacturing jobs were lost.
Paychecks, meanwhile, are growing at the fastest pace in a decade and twice as fast for low- and middle-income Americans, all while median household income has hit a record high of $65,084.
Furthermore, the poverty rate is at its lowest point since 2007 as 6.2 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps.
There is simply no denying the continued success of the Trump economy.
Nor is there any denying the historic progress made on issues which were stalled for decades, issues like paid family leave for federal workers. This bill Paid, which passed in December, enables 2.1 million federal employees to spend up to 12 weeks with their newborn children.
This noted achievement comes just a year after Trump made significant progress on criminal justice reform, signing into law the First Step Act, which remedies sentencing disparities and undoes a Clinton-era law that disproportionately affected the African American community.
Both paid family leave and criminal justice reform came with bipartisan support – a rare achievement in Washington.
Beyond these key marks of progress for the Trump administration came the continued construction of a barrier on our southern border, a record 187 judges confirmed by the Senate, the reversal of onerous Obamacare taxes, and a 3.1 percent pay raise for our troops.
These 2019 Trump achievements are but a snapshot of the substantive progress the president has made for the American people.
Democrats, for their part, have chosen to go the way of reckless obstruction, pursuing the first partisan impeachment in history. It was the Russia hoax in 2018. It was Ukraine in 2019. What will it be in 2020?
While we do not yet know the next bizarre conspiracy theory of the left, we do know what voters care about: the issues, as the economy, health care, and immigration continue to top the polls in issues that matter to the American voter.
But despite the left’s best effort to obstruct and remove the president, ultimately, the good news of the Trump administration in 2019 and beyond will frame and determine the outcome of the 2020 election.